Florida State was back at it again on Thursday afternoon, kicking off their second day of Spring practice as players and coaches continue to get acclimated to one another and the team searches for its next quarterback.
Still very little to report in regard to the QB race, we had an opportunity to talk to Randy Sanders who is coaching the QB's (although not according to FSU's website). Sanders provided some insight into the situation when he joked, "it's kind of fun to have a quarterback comeptiton, but it would be more fun just to have a starter."
The he added, "that was the first thing my wife asked, is if they have a returning starter..."
Sanders said ideally this process will sort itself out, saying a lot of times it isn't someone jumping out, oftentimes it's just process of elimination. He thinks it will be a little bit of both with this competition.
As for each QB, Winston purportedly learns very quickly despite having to split his attention between the two sports. Trickett looks the most comfortable which is understandable considering he's the only QB with any real experience. And then Coker has been solid too per Sanders.
But it's early, and things are still a long way from being decided. And even when they are, that doesn't mean an announcement will come any time soon. Given the questions facing FSU at that position, an early decision may give the odd QB out a chance to transfer. A late decision makes that a lot harder.
Here are some other quick hits from Spring Practice:
-The first team offensive line at the start of practice on Thursday was Cam Erving at LT, Josue Matias at LG, Austin Barron at C, Tre Jackson at RG and Bryan Stork at RT.
-Yesterday several players talked up Bobby Hart including Erving, who said he's grown up a lot since last season, and his roommate Rashad Greene, who knows Hart dating back to their senior season together at Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Greene said Hart's come around considerably and that he thinks eventually Seminoles fans will see Hart back in the starting lineup at tackle this year. He wasn't lined up there at the start of practice on Thursday though.
-Speaking of Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, three of the most commonly mentioned names yesterday were Greene, Hart and DB Lamarcus Joyner. All of whom, along with Barron, were highly-touted recruits coming out of South Florida. If you need anymore reason why hiring away James Coley was a coup for the University of Miami, two of the Seminoles best skill players and two of their potential starting linemen were stolen right out of the Hurricanes' backyard. And that's just out of one school down there.
-Mario Pender looks like he may see the field a little bit in spot duty this year. The redshirt freshman actually enrolled early last season, practiced in Spring and then missed the year with a sports hernia. He looks healthy and will likely have something to prove once the pads go on in a few days.
-Speaking of sports hernia, Ronald Darby has already had surgery on his and could potentially even be able to run some track by the end of the semester. He's not going to participate at all in Spring ball, but after wondering if he would be healthy by football season in yesterday's injury report, I can now confirm he should be good to go come August.
-Somebody, either Dan Hicks who is now back at defensive end, or Nick Waisome who is out for spring with a leg injury, is going to have to change numbers. No word yet on how the two will decide who gets the number. Waisome wore it last year, but technically so did Hicks who switched it during Spring when he thought he'd be on offense. FSU has lots of duplicate numbers, but they can't be on the same side of the ball so somebody is going to have to change. My bet would be on Hicks since he has had several numbers during his tenure in Tallahassee.
-Once again Jeremy Pruitt was schooling his defensive backs, but with Tyler Hunter, Darby and Waisome all out, three of his best corners won't get any reps during the Spring. That definitely opens things up for some of the younger DB's on the team, but with some of the new wrinkles that will be installed with Pruitt's system it's also possible those three will be behind come August if they aren't putting in good mental reps on the sideline.
-Karlos Williams has been lined up at safety early on opposite Terrence Brooks. The pair could make a very solid tandem, though I'm not entirely sold that we won't see Williams at linebacker at some point next season too.
-FSU if off tomorrow, they will practice again on Saturday, weather permitting. Along those lines though, FSU's baseball team has already scheduled a double-header with Georgia Tech for Friday under the assumption severe weather will prevent them from playing on Saturday, so whether the 'Noles actually do practice on Saturday remains to be seen...
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